Press 14 APR 2016

The Dardenne brothers in Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival!

The unknown girl, the Dardenne brothers’ new film, will premiere in Competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival that will be held from the 11th to the 22nd of May. Several Belgian French-speaking co-productions and talents also feature in the Official Selection.

The unknown girl tells the story of Jenny, a young doctor who one evening, after closing her practice for the day, hears the doorbell ring, but doesn't answer it. The next day, the police inform her that a young woman has been found dead nearby without any identification on her.

French actress Adèle Haenel takes on the lead role. Belgian actors Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Christelle Cornil and Thomas Doret feature along with her.

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, regularly invited to the festival (all of their films have been shown in Cannes since La promesse in 1996) will once again be among the filmmakers contending for a major award. Along with their two Palme d’or won with Rosetta in 1999 and The Child in 2005, the brothers have collected four of the different prizes awarded at the Festival: the award for Best Actress for Emilie Dequenne in Rosetta, the award for Best Actor for Olivier Gourmet in The son (2002), the award for Best Screenplay for Lorna’s silence (2008) and the Grand prix for The Kid with a bike (2011).

The unknown girl is a co-production between Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35 (France), Savage Film (Flanders), France 2 Cinéma, VOO and Be tv, RTBF (Belgian television). Produced with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia Brussels, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, EURIMAGES, with the participation of CANAL+, and CINÉ+, and FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS, Wallonia, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, of Casa Kafka Pictures, de Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius, in association with Wild Bunch, Diaphana, Cinéart and BIM Distribuzione. Wild Bunch handles international sales.

The film will be released in October in Belgium (Cinéart) and in France (Diaphana).

The Dardenne brothers are involved in four other films of the Official Selection through their production company Les Films du Fleuve. First of all in Competition with I, Daniel Blake from English director Ken Loach whose films have been co-produced by the Les Films du Fleuve for several years now, and with Baccalauréat from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. But also in the Un Certain Regard section, with Pericle il nero by Italian director Stefano Mordini and La danseuse by Stephanie Di Giusto (featuring François Damiens). La danseuse is co-produced by the RTBF with the support of le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel via the Special RTBF Fund.

Also selected in Un Certain Regard: the film Beyond the mountains and hills, second film from Israeli director Eran Kolirin, co-produced by Entre Chien et Loup with the support of the Centre Du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia Brussels. Entre Chien et Loup is also involved in Elle from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, featuring Belgian actors Virginie Efira and Jonas Bloquet, and that has been selected for the Main Competition.

Finally, animation feature The Red Turtle by Dutch Director Michael Dudok De Wit is coproduced Belvision with the support of Wallimage.

Un Certain Regard, created in 1978, is part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Each year around twenty films are selected to this section that focuses on works that have an original aim and aesthetic, often representing a more unusual cinema than the films in the Main Competition, and granting recognition to lesser-known directors.

French-speaking Belgium will also be present in the Cinéfondation section of the Official Selection with Trash, the graduation film of a young director from Liège, Alexandre Gilmet. Produced by the Atelier de Réalisation de l'INSAS with the support of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and the SABAM, Poubelle was chosen among more than 2.300 short films worldwide and will compete for one of the three prizes awarded in this section. The film tells the story of George (Renaud Rutten), a very angry garbage man who rushes towards the front door of a huge house. He wants to kick the ass of the « rich asshole » who has left razor-sharp objects in his trash bags. But when the door opens, George realizes that the rich asshole is a handicapped man in a wheelchair...

Also selected, but to L’Atelier de la Cinefondation, is Belgian-Colombian director Nicolas Rincon Gille’s project Tantas Almas  (The valley of souls) – a co-production between Belgium, Colombia and France. Each year, L’Atelier selects about fifteen feature length projects from around the world and invites their directors to the Festival de Cannes in order to put them in contact with film professionals and enable them to complete financing and speed up the production process of their project.

Cinéfondation is a foundation under the aegis of the Cannes Film Festival created in 1998 by Gilles Jacob with the goal of inspiring and supporting the next generation of filmmakers. Its activities revolve around three programs: the Selection, the Residence, and the Atelier.